An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Randall Garrison  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Considering committee report (Senate), as of June 9, 2015
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity as a prohibited ground of discrimination.

It also amends the Criminal Code to include gender identity as a distinguishing characteristic protected under section 318 and as an aggravating circumstance to be taken into consideration under section 718.2 at the time of sentencing.

Elsewhere

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Votes

March 20, 2013 Passed That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
March 20, 2013 Passed That Bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), {as amended}, be concurred in at report stage [with a further amendment/with further amendments].
March 20, 2013 Passed That Bill C-279, in Clause 1, be amended by adding after line 21 on page 1 the following: “(2) In this section, “gender identity” means, in respect of an individual, the individual’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex that the individual was assigned at birth.”
March 20, 2013 Passed That Bill C-279 be amended by replacing the long title on page 1 with the following: “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity)”
June 6, 2012 Passed That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on Nov. 20, 2012

  • Sara Davis Buechner, Professor of Music, University of British Columbia, As an Individual
  • Hershel Russell, Psychotherapist, Trans Activist and Educator, As an Individual
  • D. Ryan Dyck, Director, Policy and Public Education, Egale Canada
  • Erin Apsit, Member, Egale Canada Trans Committee, Egale Canada

Justice and Human Rights Committee, on Nov. 22, 2012

    Justice and Human Rights Committee, on Nov. 27, 2012

    • Ian Fine, Acting Secretary General, Secretary General's Office, Canadian Human Rights Commission
    • Susheel Gupta, Acting Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
    • Diane Watts, Researcher, REAL Women of Canada

    Justice and Human Rights Committee, on Dec. 6, 2012